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Sweet Siberian success: 4 tiger cubs born at northern Japan zoo

A Siberian tiger cub born at Akita City Omoriyama Zoo is seen. (Photo courtesy of the zoo)
Four Siberian tiger cubs born at Akita City Omoriyama Zoo are seen. (Photo courtesy of the zoo)

AKITA -- Four Siberian tiger cubs have been born at Akita City Omoriyama Zoo in this northwestern Japan city, marking the first healthy deliveries of the animals at the facility in 11 years, the zoo announced on Oct. 30.

According to the facility, Kassandra, 5, who was born in Russia and has been kept at the zoo since 2016, gave birth to two male and two female cubs on the morning of Sept. 29.

The cubs' father is Hiroshi, 8, the son of Aruru, who was born at Omoriyama Zoo 11 years ago and is now retained at Asa Zoological Park in the western Japan city of Hiroshima.

Kassandra has now given birth twice at the facility. In February she delivered four cubs but all of them died within several days as they were premature. This time Kassandra and her cubs are in good health, and zookeepers have confirmed that she has been nursing the cubs.

For now, visitors can observe Kassandra and the cubs through a monitor set up at Milve Hall in the zoo, but it aims to put the cubs on public display after January 2020. The facility is considering asking the public to propose names for the animals.

Masaya Miura, 48, an assistant director of the zoo, commented, "Please come and see the cute cubs."

(Japanese original by Hiroshi Takano, Akita Bureau)

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